Most of what I use every day in my kitchen fits into a single drawer. Elsewhere, I keep four pans along with a couple of baking receptacles and a few other odds and ends.
Each item is on the list that follows. They’re all you really need.
I have much to say about the hype and nonsense surrounding kitchen gear in general, and I’ll be posting recommendations soon on specific makes and models. This is a new website with updates appearing by the week. (Sign up to my newsletter and get each one delivered straight to your inbox.)
Suffice it to say for now that basic utensils like mixing spoons, spatulas and whisks can be inexpensive and generic. They need only fulfill their functions without drawing attention to themselves. Perfectly good ones can be found at restaurant supply outlets.
Pans and sieves, on the other hand, actually require what you could call craftsmanship, the kind of thing that you see in upscale kitchen stores.
Electrical appliances I require for special circumstances only. I own a twelve-hundred-watt blender, for example, that I seem to use only for puréeing soups.
I have other tools like this that I can’t entirely justify owning. My expensive mandolin slicer can transform a turnip into a delicate pile of paper-thin wafers. They make a lovely salad. But is this really just a novelty? I continue to investigate.
Several dishwasher-safe containers of various shapes and sizes
A colander, about 6 × 8 in. (15 × 22 cm)
A tamis (drum sieve), 12 in. (30 cm) diameter, medium-fine mesh
Three ordinary sieves of 7 in. (18 cm) diameter, medium-fine mesh
A box-grater with surfaces in course, medium and fine
A honing rod, ceramic
A peeler for vegetables
Scissors (kitchen shears)
A zester for citrus rinds and nutmeg pods
A can opener
A garlic press
A pepper mill
A salad spinner
A waiter’s knife (a kind of pocket knife that opens any bottle)
A Kitchen scale
A baking sheet that equals the width and length of your oven’s interior
A heat diffuser
A citrus juicer
An ice cream scoop
A meat pounder
A pastry brush of heat-proof silicon
One spatula, 15 in. (40 cm) long, of heat-proof silicon
One turner, metal (pancake flipper)
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